I am committed to developing and implementing innovations that increase the use of renewable energy in communities throughout the U.S. and the world.
I aim to work in operations of finance for a utility or solar developer, engaged in work that promotes viable strategies to expand the use of renewable energy sources for the average consumer. I also hope to become involved in USC Marshall’s alumni network, promoting renewable energy careers for MBA students.
I am excited and honored to join the OneEnergy network and to learn from my colleagues who are also passionate about renewable energy. This award is a tremendous opportunity for mentorship, networking, and career growth. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
Clean energy can create both environmental and economic benefits for our country. Over the next few years, I hope to play a significant role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and enabling the growth of the renewable energy industry.
My experience has shown me that our nation needs to employ pragmatic market-based solutions and innovative bi-partisan approaches to more effectively use our energy resources. I’m committed to advocating for smarter energy policies that remove market barriers for entrepreneurs in clean tech and empower consumer to manage their energy usage more effectively.
The OneEnergy Scholars Award will provide me with valuable connections to like-minded professionals in clean energy and expose me to professional development opportunities that will help accelerate my career. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
The common thread in my personal career path has been my constant desire to make a positive difference, to heal the planet and its inhabitants through reducing our energy and environmental impacts. I have sought out challenging situations, I have learned from them, and I have taken steps to improve them. I have helped protect vulnerable shark populations, investigated China’s massive solar projects in Xinjiang, supported California’s disenfranchised coastal communities, taught oceanography to sea-sick college students, and studied plastic concentrations while sailing through the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” I have consistently sought out new, clean energy-oriented approaches to show that what is good for the environment and our needs can also be good for business.
I would like to help accelerate the use of solar energy by individuals, businesses, industries and public entities. I hope to help these markets understand how integrating solar energy is not only the right thing to do, but how it can also increase both profitability and savings. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
Climate change represents of of our society’s most difficult, overarching, and far-reaching problems ever faced. But I see an opportunity for innovation and collaboration that excites and intrigues me.
My interests in the field of renewable energy revolve around finding innovative financial mechanisms that allow capital to be infused into the emerging energy space. Through initiating new lines of financing and capital for early stage business startups and entrepreneurs, we have the potential to completely alter the future of energy generation and demand through the entire world.
I plan to push the renewable industry forward by converging my environmental background and MBA skill set to help commercialize emerging energy technologies that demonstrate promising business and environmental impacts.
I believe the OneEnergy Scholars award will help me connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions that share the same vision I have of the future of our energy landscape. This ultimately will allow me to learn more about the dynamic nature of our current energy state and the potentially disruptive technologies that are changing the way renewables come into the mix. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
My current area of interest is in the technological and financial innovations around distributed solar and energy storage technologies. I am specifically interested in how these new technologies will shape the future role of utilities and power producers.
As consumers, businesses and industrial manufacturers have started to produce their own power and incorporate new energy efficiency and smart meter technologies, the entire energy landscape has begun to shift. It is difficult to foresee exactly how the various stakeholders, including IPPs, utilities, regulatory bodies, and consumers will interact in the future but this is an exciting time for the field of energy.
My prior career afforded me the opportunity to work in political campaigns, in government and in clean energy industry. I hope to be able to leverage these experiences, along with my MBA, to work with various energy industry stakeholders to help further drive the clean energy industry forward. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
I am particularly interested in driving the adoption of renewable energy. From reducing carbon emissions, to stabilizing costs, to increasing national security, there are so many reasons that increasing our usage of renewable energy makes sense.
I hope to impact the industry by communicating to companies and consumers the value of switching to renewable energy, and by driving the integration of renewables in our electrical grids.
I’m confident that the connections I make as a result of the OneEnergy Scholars program will be the biggest benefit of being awarded this honor. Being able to share ideas with fellow scholars, to explore ideas and to learn from the amazing folks at OneEnergy who support this program and the greater network to which all of these people are connected will play a major role in shaping my career moving forward. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
Standing on a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) stage, I told the story of my trip to Antarctica. The screen behind me showed a melting glacier in the South Pole, and the next slide, a flood catastrophe in India where millions of helpless refugees lost their homes. My goal? I was alerting the audience to the dangers of climate change.
Eight hundred days earlier, I had joined an expedition to Antarctica following Robert Swan, who is the first person to walk to both poles. Every year, Robert leads an international team of corporate leaders, environmentalists, and young people on a journey through the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring the continent and observing the breathtaking landscape. We reached the Peninsula by ship, and I screamed in excitement when I saw the first giant iceberg. Of course, I had a wonderful time taking photos of cute penguins, but these memories are nothing compared to what I witnessed one dim Antarctic morning.
That day, I was leisurely letting my air cushion vehicle float on a tranquil sea. Suddenly, I heard a cracking sound. I turned back to see a huge ice shelf collapsing. This produced a powerful surge of sea wave raising my air cushion vehicle high in the water. My teammate Michael Putra, a CO2 policy advisor for Shell, told me that the collapse is the consequence of climate change. This is the moment that changed my life. Now, I have a clear commitment to save the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica from climate change.
Upon my return to China, I immersed myself in books about the subject. I consulted experts including my advisors (Morley Su and Michael Putra) about the solutions to climate change, and I conducted an independent study on one of the solutions: Clean Development Mechanism. After months of research, I confirmed that the best way to mitigate climate change was to encourage the use of renewable energy. This solution also minimizes the possibility of companies exploiting Antarctica for its potential subsurface deposit of fossil fuels. Connect with me on LinkedIn.